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Henry Adams Quote: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

— Henry Adams



Henry Adams Quote: “Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”

Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.”

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Friends are born, not made.”

Friends are born, not made.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “They know enough who know how to learn.”

They know enough who know how to learn.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Intimates are predestined.”

Intimates are predestined.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.”

Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “All experience is an arch, to build upon.”

All experience is an arch, to build upon.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Unity is vision; it must have been part of the process of learning to see.”

Unity is vision; it must have been part of the process of learning to see.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “A new friend is always a miracle, but at thirty-three years old, such a bird of paradise rising in the sage-brush was an avatar. One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly.”

A new friend is always a miracle, but at thirty-three years old, such a bird of paradise rising in the sage-brush was an avatar. One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “One does every day and without a second thought, what at another time would be the event of a year, perhaps of a life.”

One does every day and without a second thought, what at another time would be the event of a year, perhaps of a life.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.”

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Silence alone is respectable and respected. I believe God to be silence.”

Silence alone is respectable and respected. I believe God to be silence.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.”

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Morality is a private and costly luxury.”

Morality is a private and costly luxury.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.”

Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “A friend in power is a friend lost.”

A friend in power is a friend lost.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “I think that Lee should have been hanged. It was all the worse that he was a good man and a fine character and acted conscientiously. It’s always the good men who do the most harm in the world.”

I think that Lee should have been hanged. It was all the worse that he was a good man and a fine character and acted conscientiously. It’s always the good men who do the most harm in the world.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.”

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa.”

During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “The Jewish question is really the most serious of our problems.”

The Jewish question is really the most serious of our problems.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Mathematicians practice absolute freedom.”

Mathematicians practice absolute freedom.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “The great word Evolution had not yet, in 1860, made a new religion of history, but the old religion had preached the same doctrinefor a thousand years without finding in the entire history of Rome anything but flat contradiction.”

The great word Evolution had not yet, in 1860, made a new religion of history, but the old religion had preached the same doctrinefor a thousand years without finding in the entire history of Rome anything but flat contradiction.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “If I grapple with sin in my own strength, the devil knows he may go to sleep.”

If I grapple with sin in my own strength, the devil knows he may go to sleep.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Analogies are figures intended to serve as fatal weapons if they succeed, and as innocent toys if they fail.”

Analogies are figures intended to serve as fatal weapons if they succeed, and as innocent toys if they fail.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.”

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Good men do the most harm.”

Good men do the most harm.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Church and State, Soul and Body, God and Man, are all one at Mont Saint Michel, and the business of all is to fight, each in his own way, or to stand guard for each other.”

Church and State, Soul and Body, God and Man, are all one at Mont Saint Michel, and the business of all is to fight, each in his own way, or to stand guard for each other.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.”

The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “An American Virgin would never dare command; an American Venus would never dare exist.”

An American Virgin would never dare command; an American Venus would never dare exist.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Nothing is more tiresome than a superannuated pedagogue.”

Nothing is more tiresome than a superannuated pedagogue.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “History is a tangled skein that one may take up at any point, and break when one has unravelled enough.”

History is a tangled skein that one may take up at any point, and break when one has unravelled enough.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Energy is the inherent effort of every multiplicity to become unity.”

Energy is the inherent effort of every multiplicity to become unity.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.”

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic, chiefly as an almost insane excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterwards.”

Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic, chiefly as an almost insane excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterwards.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.”

Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “The whole fabric of society will go to wrack if we really lay hands of reform on our rotten institutions. From top to bottom the whole system is a fraud, all of us know it, laborers and capitalists alike, and all of us are consenting parties to it.”

The whole fabric of society will go to wrack if we really lay hands of reform on our rotten institutions. From top to bottom the whole system is a fraud, all of us know it, laborers and capitalists alike, and all of us are consenting parties to it.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “For after all man knows mighty little, and may some day learn enough of his own ignorance to fall down again and pray. Not that Icare. Only, if such is God’s will, and Fate and Evolution – let there be God!”

For after all man knows mighty little, and may some day learn enough of his own ignorance to fall down again and pray. Not that Icare. Only, if such is God’s will, and Fate and Evolution – let there be God!

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter.”

At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “No historian can take part with – or against – the forces he has to study. To him even the extinction of the human race should merely be a fact to be grouped with other vital statistics.”

No historian can take part with – or against – the forces he has to study. To him even the extinction of the human race should merely be a fact to be grouped with other vital statistics.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “You can’t use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!”

You can’t use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “My belief is that science is to wreck us, and that we are like monkeys monkeying with a loaded shell; we don’t in the least know or care where our practically infinite energies come from or will bring us to.”

My belief is that science is to wreck us, and that we are like monkeys monkeying with a loaded shell; we don’t in the least know or care where our practically infinite energies come from or will bring us to.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught.”

The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more. A murderer takes life, but his deed stops there. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more. A murderer takes life, but his deed stops there. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.”

The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “By nature, man is lazy, working only under compulsion; and when he is strong we will always live, as far as he can, upon the labor or the property of the weak.”

By nature, man is lazy, working only under compulsion; and when he is strong we will always live, as far as he can, upon the labor or the property of the weak.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “My own conclusion is that history is simply social development along the lines of weakest resistance, and that in most cases the line of weakest resistance is found as unconsciously by society as by water.”

My own conclusion is that history is simply social development along the lines of weakest resistance, and that in most cases the line of weakest resistance is found as unconsciously by society as by water.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “History will die if not irritated. The only service I can do to my profession is to serve as a flea.”

History will die if not irritated. The only service I can do to my profession is to serve as a flea.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.”

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.

— Henry Adams


Henry Adams Quote: “A society in stable equilibrium is-by definition-one that has no history and wants no historians.”

A society in stable equilibrium is-by definition-one that has no history and wants no historians.

— Henry Adams

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